November 2011

November 2011 posts

Applesauce Nut Muffins & Fruit Salad with Yogurt and Honey

Muffins are all-time favorites, but laden with fats and calories (purchased muffins contain up to 30 grams fat and more than 600 calories!) they’re true villains. Enjoy our recipe (makes 12 muffins) guilt-free. We’ve added walnuts, for heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. And with the fruit salad (serves 4), you’ve got a winning combination for your family or guests.

Applesauce Nut Muffins


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg or 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • ¾ cup apples, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, brown sugar, and egg until smooth. Stir in applesauce and diced apples.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, spices, and nuts. Stir into the applesauce mixture, just until moistened. Do not overmix.
  4. Spray 12 muffin cups with cooking oil spray, fill, and bake for 15-18 minutes. Let muffins cool in the pan for five minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a rack.

Per serving: 135 calories, 3 gm protein, 21 gm carbohydrate, 5 gm fat, 0 gm sat fat, 2 gm mono fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 gm fiber, 180 mg sodium

Fruit Salad with Yogurt and Honey


  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 orange, bite-sized pieces, pith removed
  • 1 cup grapes, cut in half
  • 1 pear, diced
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds or chopped hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • fresh berries in season (optional)


  1. Stir together the yogurt, honey, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Prepare fruit and toss together in a bowl. Sprinkle fruit with lemon juice.
  3. Combine with yogurt mixture, divide into serving bowls, and top with nuts and raisins

Per serving: 230 calories, 6 gm protein, 44 gm carbohydrate, 5 gm fat, trace sat fat, 3 gm mono fat, 1 gm cholesterol, 5 gm fiber, 50 gm sodium

THE SEASONED COOK Make muffins by the dozen to freeze—take some out at night for use the next morning. Instead of oiling the muffin pan, you can simply use paper muffin cups. Feel free to make the fruit salad with a variety of your favorite fruits, depending on availability.

Apple Coleslaw

Not too creamy, not too tart, this coleslaw is just right.

Try this with: Baked Sweet Potato Wedges


  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup shredded green and/or red cabbage
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon crushed basil
  • Dash black pepper


  1. Whisk together vinegar, olive oil, and water.
  2. In large bowl mix together remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over cabbage mixture. Toss well. For a more tart flavor, allow to marinate.

Per serving: 105 calories, 1 gm protein, 12 gm carbohydrate, 7 gm fat, 1 gm sat fat, 5 gm mono fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 gm fiber, 5 gm sodium

Swedish/Edmonds Begins Offering Robotic-Assisted Surgery to Community

EDMONDS, WASH., Nov. 18, 2011 – Swedish today announced the newest addition to its family of latest-generation da Vinci Surgical Systems, bringing the total to six robots across the non-profit’s health-care system. The newest da Vinci Si HD system robot, located at the Swedish Edmonds campus, will provide surgeons with more precision and dexterity over existing surgical approaches, helping improve patient treatment and reduce recovery time.


As one of the first medical centers in the region to perform robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is home to the fastest growing and most experienced robotic-assisted surgical program in the Pacific Northwest. The multidisciplinary, robotic-assisted surgical program was first established at Swedish in 2005. Since then, Swedish-affiliated surgeons have performed more than 4,000 procedures using the multi-specialty da Vinci Surgical System, more than any other robotic-assisted surgical program in the region.


Every family is unique, but those families who have grandparents who live nearby or are involved in their children’s lives are lucky. It somehow seems just a bit brighter for kids who get to be regaled in stories of long ago, those stories about when mom or dad was a child.

However, some of you with grandparents nearby might wish there was a bit more distance between your house and theirs.

When a baby is born, we have a new baby, new parents, and new grandparents. Our roles have all instantly changed. The new grandparents can be a wealth of information. They have amassed 20, 30, or 40 years of parenting experience. Everything from infants to teens to parenting adults. It’s only natural that they now want to share with you everything that they’ve learned. (They also might want to try to correct what they believe are mistakes that they made as parents.)

The most important thing that new parents need is:

Anytime One-Dish Salmon

This traditional English breakfast (serves 6) is called Kedgeree (pronounced kej-uh-ree). It will get you going with a tasty and very nutritious start to the day. But the truth is, it’s delicious for any meal. Make it once a week. It’s easy to reheat at work or school. Add a cucumber yogurt salad and call it dinner.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 eggs hard boiled, chopped
  • 1 14.75-ounce can pink salmon drained, bones removed and flaked
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Heat olive oil in deep fry pan on low heat.
  2. Add cooked rice, chopped eggs, salmon and spices, heat through and stir to mix.
  3. Remove mixture to round bottomed bowl and press in with spatula.
  4. Place serving plate upside down over bowl and holding the two tightly together, invert so that Kedgeree is neatly mounded on a plate.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.

Per serving: 249 calories, 19 gm protein, 16 gm carbohydrate, 12 gm fat, 3 gm sat fat, 6 gm mono fat, 144 mg cholesterol, 1 gm fiber, 423 mg sodium

Easy Baked Tortilla Chips


  • 4 small corn tortillas, quartered


  1. Preheat oven to 300º.
  2. Spread tortillas evenly on baking sheet.
  3. Cook for 6-8 minutes until lightly browned.

Per serving: 18 calories, 1 gm protein, 0 gm carbohydrate, 0 gm fat, 0 gm sat fat, 0 gm mono fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 gm fiber, 7 mg sodium

Dreamy Carrot Souffle

Light and creamy, and soooo easy! With this soufflé there’s no fuss, just lots of flavor, making this festive side dish perfect for your holiday table. Serves 12.


  • Non-stick pan spray
  • 2 pounds carrots, boiled until soft
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 large egg whites
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 6 tablespoons matzo meal or bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons heart-healthy margarine, melted
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart soufflé or casserole dish with non-stick pan spray.
  2. In food processor, puree carrots until smooth. Add all other ingredients except for nuts and process until smooth.
  3. Sprinkle nuts across top and bake for 50-60 minutes or until soufflé is puffed and set in the middle.

Per serving: 143 calories, 5g protein, 15g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 7g fat, 1g saturated fat, 3g mono fat, 75mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium

THE SEASONED COOK This festive dish for your holiday table can be made a combo of carrot and sweet potato or yam. Simply substitute 2 pounds of sweet potatoes for the carrots to add additional flavor and texture. 

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